Our Day Services patients turn into ‘Easy Riders’ with Harley Davidson Chapter
They were able to take a thrilling ride on the back of a bike!
A Chapter of Harley Davidson bikers visited Weldmar Hospicecare Day Services today to take patients and staff members out for a thrilling spin!
Six members of the Hogsback Chapter drove all the way from Sussex and Surrey in order to provide the treat.
The bikers took their passengers from our in-patient unit in Dorchester down to Weymouth on the A354 and back again.
Jenny Wood, Day Services Lead, said, “It’s a huge thing for our patients. People who initially said that they couldn’t do it have been helped onto the back of a Harley, realised they can do it, and it’s brilliant seeing people’s faces light up. They’re really excited to be able to tell their significant others and family and friends. We’ve got one lady who has gone out today, she’s on oxygen, and can’t wait to tell her daughter because her daughter would never believe it. Some have been on bikes before but written off ever being able to do that again, so it’s fantastic.”
Ken Hall from the Hogsback Chapter, previously the Surrey Chapter, said it’s been going about twenty five years. Having visited their own local hospice to do something similar on a number of occasions, they learnt about the work of Weldmar Hospicecare and decided to come all the way to Dorset for our patients. “They get to ride on the back of a Harley Davidson. That’s the best thing. They turn petrol into smiles!”.
Day Services visitor Elaine Stockley said, “It was beautiful! Really thrilling, and fast. The sound of the bikes was lovely”.
Wendy Banfield also visits our Day Services and said, “It was an amazing and exhilerating experince – thanks very much to them!”.
Even our Medical Director, Dr Karen Steadman, pictured above, donned leathers and a helmet to go out for a spin.
Melanie Ferguson is being cared for by Weldmar, and she and her children Maci and Tiaya all got to ride pillion. “Wow!”, said Melanie, “What an experience! Absolutely fantastic, one off the bucket list. Really good fun, and to do it with the kids was amazing.”